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Barney Frank

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Barney Franks (D-MA),Rep. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill November 20, 2008 in Washington, DC. Congressional Democrats gathered to speak about a proposed bailout for the ailing auto industry. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Rep. Barney Frank retiring

January 1, 1970

Barney Frank, the first openly gay serving member of Congress and powerful Democrat whose name is attached to a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, announced on Nov. 28 he does not plan to seek re-election.